Frederick Carl Frieseke: Under the Awning (1916)

FREDERICK CARL FRIESEKE (1874-1939), Under the Awning, signed and dated ‘F.C. Frieseke- 1916’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm.), Painted in 1916, Image Source: Christie’s

“Frieseke’s celebrated Giverny subjects of women in domestic interiors, or, such as in the present example, enjoying moments of leisure in the village’s opulent gardens, are imbued with a remarkable sense of light and high-keyed palette adopted from the French Impressionists. William H. Gerdts writes, “It was Frieseke who introduced into the repertory of Giverny painting the concern for rich, decorative patterns, related to the art of Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and the other Nabi painters. There are patterns of furniture, patterns of parasols, patterns of fabric and wall coverings, patterns of light and shade, and patterns of flowers, all played off one against another in bright sunshine…” (Monet’s Giverny: An Impressionist Colony, New York, 1993, p. 172). Exemplary of the artist’s ornamental sensibility, Under the Awning captures the artist’s wife, Sadie, whose clothing both complements and contrasts with the candy-colored fabrics and textures that frame her meditative moment.”


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  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Fascinating painting and rather amazing to see this dated as 1916.

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    1. Thanks for the reblog, penwithlit. 🙂


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